Lydia Pérez y Yoruba 2

Preserving the culture and traditions of Puerto Rico

Contact: Lydia Pérez
Warwick, RI
Fax: (401) 737-0751

Fee: Yes

Lydia is the founder and artistic director of the Puerto Rican Institute of Arts and Advocacy, Inc. (PRIAA). She is also founder of Yoruba 2, an award-winning and nationally recognized traditional music group from Puerto Rico. The group is known for playing genres of Puerto Rican folk music such as bomba, plena, and other Caribbean rhythms.

Lydia has spent the last twenty-eight years as a cultural interpreter, educator, and activist in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. She is a performer and producer, and is skilled in wood carving and papier maché mask-making. She has received support from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (RISCA), the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), Providence Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism (AC+T), FirstWorks, the Pawtucket Foundation, Hartford Performs, the Connecticut Historical Society and school departments in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

In 2019, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) in Puerto Rico invited Lydia to the perform at the Conference of the National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASSA).

On October 30, 2021, Lydia established the Centro de la Herencia Cultural (CHC) in Pawtucket, where she offers opportunities for cultural and traditional exchange among Puerto Rico and all cultures.

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